Top 5 Technology and Data Trends of 2023 from Western Digital

Trend No. 1: sustainability, a driver of innovation

Data volumes and the use of modern technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence) are increasing. A phenomenon that leads to an increase in electricity consumption within data centers. In a recent study, the German industrial consortium Bitkom indicates that it expects an annual increase in this demand of 3.5 to 5% until 2030. For Western Digital, sustainability and technology go hand in hand and have become essential factors for innovation. Storage solutions are a key parameter for energy consumption in data centers. Therefore, modern technologies that are economical in terms of both energy consumption and costs will be in high demand. An example of this is helium-based disks.

Helium is an internal gas that is hermetically sealed in the disc enclosure, instead of air, whose density is seven times greater. This gain helps reduce the flux effects that occur when the disks spin in the case, as well as the amount of power required for this process. This allows more thinner drives to fit into the case, resulting in a higher capacity solution for the same format. Helium-based hard drives have other advantages: they are less prone to overheating than air-filled hard drives, thus requiring less ventilation in data centers. This reduces power consumption and improves disk reliability.

Trend #2: the metaverse and the digital twin

The Metaverse provides a bridge between the real world and the virtual world. Therefore, it should meet another flagship technology this year, namely the digital twin that can be used to create digital models of physical or logical objects, ranging from simple resources and products to complex environments such as electrical networks, warehouses or factories.

Thanks to data collected from sensors of connected objects (IoT), it becomes possible to create even more realistic digital twins, for example for a factory. Thus, companies will be able to immerse themselves in this environment using, for example, virtual reality (VR) headsets. Which facilitates knowledge and gain a deeper expertise of production processes, without having to physically access them. In this way, it will be especially possible to improve the development or design of the products.

Trend #3: Long-term data archiving

In the face of the steady increase in the volume of data generated, cold storage is gaining importance. This is the long-term archiving of data that is not used as soon as it is produced and processed only when needed. These include unstructured information such as CCTV footage and data or images from sensors, which have tremendous potential for future applications around AI or analytics. Cold storage is an inexpensive and increasingly popular approach to data storage. By 2025, nearly 80% of digital data may be archived.

Trend No. 4: Preserving DNA

New solutions and innovations are needed to be able to archive digital data for periods over 100 years. Conservation in DNA, more precisely in the molecular structure of DNA, is particularly promising. If it sounds like science fiction, the implementation of this technology is completely possible today and may even revolutionize the future of data storage. The use of DNA molecules for data transport has great advantages: very high storage density and low maintenance costs. Currently still in the development phase, the major advances in genetic engineering and sequencing in recent years, as well as the falling costs of DNA synthesis, may quickly drive DNA storage to the market.

Trend #5: A smart storage strategy

Data storage has become a critical challenge for businesses, in part due to the irreversible explosion in the volumes generated. Technologies such as IoT, 5G and AI are also well established in the market, generating data within data centers, network edges and end devices, for video surveillance in smart cities, retail or for crime prevention purposes. crime. Due to the diversity of application areas, storage requirements vary greatly. Even the formats differ significantly, depending on whether it is a surveillance camera, a drone or a factory robot. To succeed, companies will need to adopt a smarter strategy by aligning their data storage architecture with their future needs.

Companies must be ready for 2023

Regardless of how quickly these trends progress in the coming year, the key business action will be adapting existing data infrastructure to tomorrow’s needs. The idea is to become a data-driven organization that will unleash its full potential. On the eve of 2023, companies must put data at the center of their strategy and activity, regardless of the field of specialization.

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